In the past, there have been days when I’ve wanted to throw my hands up and say, “Forget it!” Successfully raising a family in this day and age seemed almost impossible back then. Although I’d done all I possibly could, at the end of the day, I still felt as though I had not done enough. A few years ago, I remember hearing about a woman who not only left her family but threw her cellphone out of her car window so that she could not be contacted. I admit that I briefly wondered what that would be like. But who was I kidding? I would have missed my family so much that I wouldn’t have lasted a week without them. I began to quickly realize that running, although tempting, is not always the answer. Looking back, I’m glad I worked through my difficulties. As a result, I saw God answer my prayers in the most amazing ways.
It is comforting to know that even King David had seasons when he wanted to flee. For example, he says,
“Oh, that I had wings like a dove then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. How quickly I would escape…” (Psalm 55:6-8)
Whatever we are going through or have been through, we can find encouragement in Psalm chapter 55. In these verses, David was experiencing what he called “a wild storm of hatred.” He says,
“My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me and I can’t stop shaking.” (Psalm 55:4,5)
Notice as David continues, he says,
“Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.” (Psalm 55:17)
Miraculously, David stood in the midst of his storm by falling on his knees and crying out to God. If David could withstand a trial of this magnitude through prayer then surely we can withstand ours. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that the verb to stand can mean to endure, undergo successfully, maintain one’s position, to remain firm in the face of, and to bear courageously. As a side note, I found it interesting that it can also mean to hold our position at sea.
The Apostle Peter comes to my mind. Although the wind and the rain lashed against him, as long as he kept his eyes glued on the Son of God, he was able to walk on the choppy, sea water. When he turned away and glanced at the mayhem surrounding him, he lost his position and began to sink. (Matthew 14:29,30) Remember, we must always face our problems by turning towards our victorious King Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2) He is the only one who can quiet the raging storm to a mere whisper.(Psalm 107:29,30)
I know what it feels like when you are being tossed and plunged into the depths by the trials of life. During those moments, holding your position may seem impossible. However, nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) So, continue to stand by falling on your little, childlike knees, confident that your Father in heaven will come to your rescue because of his amazing love for you. And then, may you experience Psalms 107:24, where it says, “They… observed the Lord’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas.